Disney Interactive Rocks the House
Announces Star Wars Playstation bundles and new product updates at D23 Expo 2015
A packed room of gamers at the recent D23 EXPO took part in thunderous applause over, and over, and over again, during the Disney Interactive and Consumer Products live panel recently. This was in response to a myriad of announcements on what’s coming for Disney Infinity 3.0, Playmation, Kingdom Hearts III and two new limited edition Star Wars Playstation 4 hardware bundles.
We have the most exciting slate of upcoming game titles in our history, and we’re also focused on new platforms and technologies that enable us to develop experiences we would never have dreamed possible just a few years ago,”
-Jimmy Pitaro, co-chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and president of Disney Interactive
Limited Edition Darth Vader Playstation 4 Bundles
Two limited-edition Darth Vader-inspired PlayStation 4 Star Wars bundles will be available to consumers on november 17th 2015 to include: Star Wars: Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars. This rocks so hard! Just looking at the bundle made me want to jump out of my seat… actually I did jump out of my seat.
They feature a fully customized PS4 with an image of Darth Vader, a controller inspired by Darth Vader’s suit and more. We have yet to get the PS4 and I am so glad we waited. For information on the coolest bundles ever aka the Limited-Edition PlayStation 4 Hardware Bundles visit Playstation here.
Check out the Playstation 4 Star Wars bundles here:
Disney Interactive Character Reveals, Unlocks and More for Infinity 3.0
Okay, now strap yourself to your seat. This is wild. John Blackburn confirmed five play sets already, with more on the way (it’s okay to gasp). Here we go…
Character Reveals for 3.0
Disney announced a limited edition set of Light FX Star Wars character figures that light up when placed onto the Disney Infinity Base, because gaming and lights are cool. Let’s be real folks.
Coming for the holiday season, these totally cool figures have Lightsabers which light up when on the base and will be in these characters:
- Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from Star Wars Rise against the Empire Play Set
- Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set
- Kanan Jarrus from Star Wars Rebels
Zootopia characters Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde and The Good Dinosaur character Spot announced as ‘Disney Originals’ figures. For a pretty sweet fandom article on characters by the end of 3.0 check out this article on Infinity Inquirer.
Unlocks for 3.0
Disney announced the epic Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts unlock after players have unlocked all of the Disney Infinity figures in the game’s Hall of Heroes. And just when you think gaming can’t get much cooler for your kids, Disney also announced special 3.0 “Toy Box” unlocks for Disney Cruise and Parks guests of Walt Disney World. WDW guests will get exclusive access to the “Disney Partners Statue”.
Starting in late October guests will be able to visit the first ever Disney Infinity space at Disney’s Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream ship. This is an interactive space with game kiosks offering exclusive unlockables for cruise guests.
Watch my footage of Hulkbuster and Ultron here:
New 3.0 Marvel Play Set Marvel Battlegrounds
“Marvel Battlegrounds” was announced as the new play set name for the Disney Infinity 3.0 line which features the first ever 4-player local co-op available in-game. It launches spring of 2016. We also got a close look at Hulkbuster and Ultron characters coming November 2015. PS Disney Infinity 3.0 is in stores August 30th!
Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Gamma Gear
So I am head over heels with Playmation right now. The whole concept of it is not just mind blowing, but it’s needed. Disney highlighted Playmation’s new Marvel Avengers Gamma Gear which I had a personal inside look at and LOVED! This is the game that’s changing the game for kids and parents. The Marvel Avengers Gamma Gear is inspired by the Hulk and lets you smash your way through battle missions with motion sensing technology. Imagination and technology levels up for a gameplay experience like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Preorder here so you don’t miss out!
Checkout the Playmation trailer here:
Baymax and Big Hero 6 Characters Make Kingdom Hearts Debut
Disney Interactive and Square Enix announced the hit character Baymax and other Big Hero 6 characters for Kingdom Hearts III. We got to see Baymax live on stage which was a huge crowd pleaser. Gameplay looks awesome. Again they’re totally winning the geek inside the mom for me.
See the announcement here:
New Game Magic Kingdoms
This new mobile game in partnership with Gameloft will actually let players make their very own theme park! It includes iconic attractions from Magic Kingdom and animated landscapes. The concept art on this looks awesome! We got an exclusive look at it plus the skinny on the gameplay and characters which includes:
- Mickey Mouse
- Buzz Lightyear
- Mike Wazowski
Players will face adventure-filled quests to save their park from famous Disney villains like:
- Emperor Zurg
- Mother Gothel
Special Gift to Panel Attendees
I was elated to be among the Disney Interactive attendees who received a one time ever edition Kingdom Hearts Mickey Costume Power Disc that unlocks a one-of-a-kind costume of King Mickey, Keyblade Master and King of Disney Castle for Disney Infinity’s Mickey Mouse character along with a classic Mickey Mouse figure. These are not sold and only D23 Expo attendees in this panel were able to get the unlock.
Surprise Giveaways at D23 EXPO
It was so awesome to see John Boyega and Daisy Ridley of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, surprise guests with an on-stage giveaway of their character figures, Finn and Rey for the just released Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Play Set based on the film.
My Take on the Announcements:
I’m taking a much closer look at gaming since my son is at the age where he’s really starting to get more involved. My main concerns for games (outside of the obvious kid friendly content) is innovation and interesting storyboards which I can also enjoy playing with him.
As a busy mom I tend to struggle with ways to play with him that don’t require hours or logistics. Hopping out of my office and playing a round or two is fun and a great way for us to connect. It’s even better when I’m totally into the gameplay. I’m really excited for what’s coming for Disney Infinity 3.0 and Playmation. And since I’m an uber Star Wars fan, I’m simply head over heels on the new Star Wars PS4 bundle pack. The force is with us strong and is descending upon us like never before, and I’m totally okay with it.
While Disney sent me on a full expenses paid trip to the D23 Expo, it in no way shapes my enthusiasm or opinions in this article. This stuff just seriously rocks.